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Proceedings of Building Simulation 2011: 12th Conference of IBPSA


Climate Data for Building Optimisation in Design and Operation in Australia

Trevor Roland Lee

Abstract: In many simulations of energy systems, climate is represented as Typical Meteorological Year (TMY) data. The approach derives hourly meteorological variables from historic records to represent annual climate for a given location. While meeting the need for comparability and indicativeness, the technique suffers from incapacity to provide information on extreme weather events, like heat waves or passing tropical cyclones, for projected future weather patterns in a changed climate, for building types (e.g. deep plan or envelope dominated) or for specific actual periods of concern. This paper describes a modified approach whereby representative data may be selected for a targeted purpose and applied to the respective simulation models.
Pages: 656 - 663